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Today's News

  • On the job training, brings success

    The School Board of Levy County, along with Dr. Rosalind Hall, director of Exceptional Education and Student Services, was pleased to award certificates to five students who have successfully completed the Community Based Training program this school year.

    Community Based Training, or CBT, allows high school students to gain on-the-job training while still in school. This is the program’s second year. The local business partners are The Gathering Table Restaurant and Hospice of Citrus and the Nature Coast Thrift Store, both located in Chiefland.

  • Chiefland hospital may come by way of Williston

    Williston Regional General Hospital CEO Dr. Devaiah "Dr. P" Pagidipati introduced himself to the Chiefland City Commission along with a new business partner Jorge Perez and said they are interested in opening up an emergency room and eventually a hospital.

  • Tour de Melon rolls to new record

    Cyclists came from all over the state and beyond to participate in the Tour de Melon, making it a record year for the event with 177 riders. Just over 200 registered for the event, but coordinators believe the threat of rain kept some away.

    The watermelon themed cycling event features family friendly trail rides at 20, 40 and 60 miles long and hard core road routes at 50 and 100 miles. Hosted by the Suwannee Valley Rotary Club, the event is held annually on the first Saturday in June – this year on June 4 – in conjunction with the Chiefland Watermelon Festival.

  • FHP steps up traffic enforcement on US 19

    The Florida Highway Patrol will be conducting extra patrols on the North Central Florida section of U.S. Highway 19, over the next 3 days.

    Acting Troop B Commander Capt. William B. Tierney Jr. announced on Friday June 10, that the US 19 Corridor in Dixie, Gilchrist and Levy County will have extra troopers on patrol for a Special Enforcement Operation called Border To Border.

    The intent and efforts of this Operation are to reduce violations of:

    • speed,

    • DUI,

    • aggressive driving, and

  • Colin reinforces the need for flood insurance

    Tropical Storm Colin brought torrential rain and left flooded streets and neighborhoods in his path. Some Florida residents may be dealing with water in their home today, only to realize they do not have adequate insurance to cover the repairs. View AAA Flood Facts

  • Junior Ranger Program coming to Fanning Springs

    By Ashley Andresen

    Fanning Springs State Park is jumping on board with a state wide program to get kids involved with state parks and the outdoors.

    The Junior Ranger Program offers educational, outdoor workshops throughout the summer.

    "Outdoor education is what my passion is. I'm really looking forward to it," Sarah Kolb, the park attendant who will be leading the program at Fanning Springs, said.

    "I think it's going to be fun. I'm looking forward to the kids taking ownership of the park," she said.

  • Deputies bust large volume meth lab in Bronson Friday

    The Levy County Drug Task Force and Levy County Sheriff's Office investigators wrapped up an investigation into a methamphetamine lab that started shortly after deputies responded Feb. 22 to a call about a child's death at 755 Pennsylvania Ave, in Bronson.

    During that investigation a meth lab was discovered and dismantled on the property. Based on the evidence gathered in February, Investigator Joe Barrera was able to obtain an arrest warrant for Amanda Marie Davis, 37, for one count of trafficking in meth and one count of manufacturing meth.

  • Hospital dealt setback

    The developers of the proposed Suwannee Valley Community Hospital have been dealt a setback as their request to the state Agency for Health Care Administration for nn extension of the Certificate of Need for construction of the $27 million medical center and 28-bed hospital was denied on Wednesday.

    There was no explanation of why it was denied, according to Chiefland City Manager Mary Ellzey. She said the developers will be appealing the decision.

  • Fanning says hotel is still coming

    The developer who was in talks with Fanning Springs to put in a Holiday Inn Express has backed out of the project, but according to those involved with the city, a hotel is still on its way.

    During the mayor's report at the May 10 Fanning Springs City Council meeting, Mayor Trip Lancaster introduced Tommy Langford, a former Gilchrist County Commissioner and a concerned resident of Gilchrist County to discuss the project.

    "We're gonna build a hotel one way or another," Langford said.

  • Candidate Meeks for District 1

    Hello, my name is John Meeks and it has been my privilege to represent you as District 1 County Commissioner for the last 3 1/2 years. My wife Stephanie and I have been married for 13 years. We live in Bronson with our four children; Liam (10), Carson (8), Nolan (5), and Remmie (2). I am the son of Robert and Mary Meeks of Bronson. We attend Ellzey Methodist Church. I am currently the manager of Bronson Ace Hardware, a position I have held for the last 14 years. I graduated from the University of Florida with a BA Degree in History.